Sunday, 19 February 2012

Torino V Sampdoria Preview

Torino have the opportunity to go two points clear at the top of the Serie B table if they can beat Sampdoria on Monday night.

With promotion rivals Pescara and Sassuolo only being able to draw this weekend, Toro will be looking to take advantage, but will be aware that Sampdoria should not be underestimated. Despite being many peoples favourites for promotion this season, i Blucerchiati have struggled to adapt since their relegation and currently sit in tenth place, eight points from the playoffs.

Incredibly, Sampdoria have actually lost less matches than both Hellas Verona (2nd) and Pescara (4th) but have drawn far too many games, and their tally of 13 is the most in the division. One of their defeats came at the hands of Torino at the Luigi Ferraris back in September, as goals from Sergiu Suciu and Rolando Bianchi gave the Granata a 2-1 victory. However, this season Sampdoria have actually fared better away from home, as five of their eight victories have come on the road, including an impressive victory at Padova in January.

Giampiero Ventura, a former Sampdoria player and manager, has a number of options ahead of the match, and may chose to revert to the 4-3-3 formation that has previously been successful. Cristian Pasquato could make his debut, whilst Rolando Bianchi will be looking to end his goal drought, that by the time of kick off will have lasted 128 days.

Forza Torino

Torino 1-1 Sampdoria

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